A funeral for Chuck Berry has been scheduled for April 9 at the Pageant Theater in the rock 'n' roll pioneer's home town of St. Louis.
Public viewing will be held from 8 a.m. to noon CST, followed by a private service for Berry's family and friends.
Berry passed away on March 18 at the age of 90 from natural causes. His final album, CHUCK, is due for released on March 18 and has been preceded by the first single, "Big Boys."
Tributes continue to pour in to Berry; The latest comes from the Doors' Robby Krieger, who tells us that
"I definitely was influenced by him. In fact, he was the reason I traded in my flamenco guitar for the SG. I went and saw him one day, I think it was '63 or 4, and it was at the Santa Monica Civic and it was billed as a blues revue...Chuck Berry came out. I'd never seen him before except maybe on TV or something, and he was spot-on, man. That was probably the best Chuck Berry show ever as far as I know, at the least the best one I ever saw. He just blew me away, man, and he had that red guitar. Next day I went to Ace Loans pawn shop and I bought me a red guitar, and the cheapest one was the (Gibson) SG."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.